The Gay Talese Reader: Portraits and Encounters

By Gay Talese

As a young reporter for "The New York Times," in 1961 Gay Talese published his first book, "New York--A Serendipiter's Journey," a series of vignettes and essays that began, "New York is a city of things unnoticed. It is a city with cats sleeping under parked cars, two stone armadillos crawling up St. Patrick's Cathedral, and thousands of ants creeping on top of the Empire State Building."

Attention to detail and observation of the unnoticed is the hallmark of Gay Talese's writing, and "The Gay Talese Reader "brings together the best of his essays and classic profiles. This collection opens with "New York Is a City of Things Unnoticed," and includes "Silent Season of a Hero" (about Joe DiMaggio), "Ali in Havana," and "Looking for Hemingway" as well as several other favorite pieces. It also features a previously unpublished article on the infamous case of Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt, and concludes with the autobiographical pieces that are among Talese's finest writings. These works give insight into the progression of a writer at the pinnacle of his craft.

Whether he is detailing the unseen and sometimes quirky world of New York City or profiling Ol' Blue Eyes in "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold," Talese captures his subjects--be they famous, infamous, or merely unusual--in his own inimitable, elegant fashion. The essays and profiles collected in "The Gay Talese Reader" are works of art, each carefully crafted to create a portrait of an unforgettable individual, place or moment.

From "Ali in Havana" "The road to Fidel Castro's Palace of the Revolution leads through a memory lane of old American automobiles chugging along at about twenty-five miles per hour--springless, pre-embargo Ford coupes and Plymouth sedans, DeSotos and LaSalles. Nashes and Studebakers, and various vehicular collages created out of Cadillac grilles and Oldsmobile axles and Buick fenders patched with pieces of oil-drum metal and powered by engines interlinked with kitchen utensils and pre-Batista lawn mowers and other gadgets that have elevated the craft of tinkering in Cuba to the status of high art."



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ISBN: 9780802776754

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Publisher Walker & Company
Publish date 10/01/2003
Pages 256
ISBN-13 9780802776754
ISBN-10 0802776752
Language English

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